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Locating Migrating Media

Edited by Greg Elmer; Charles H. Davis; Janine Marchessault and John McCullough - Contributions by Tamara L. Falicov; Ben Goldsmith; Janice Kaye; Barry King; Albert Moran; Tom O'Regan; Jennifer VanderBurgh and Susan Ward

Locating Migrating Media details the extent to which media productions, both televisual and cinematic, have sought out new and cheaper shot locations, creative staff, and financing around the world. The book contributes to debates about media globalization, focusing on the local impact of new sites of media production. The book's chapters also question the role that film and television industries and local and regional governments play in broader economic develop and tax incentive schemes. While metaphors of transportation, mobility, fluidity and change continue to serve as key concepts and frames for understanding contemporary media industries, products and processes, the essays in this book look to local spaces, neighborhoods, cultural workers and stories to ground the global_that is, to interrogate the effect of media globalization before, during and after film and television shooting and onsite production. By locating migrating media, these chapters seek to determine the political, economic and cultural conditions that produce contemporary forms of televisual and cinematic storytelling, and how these processes affect the inhabitants, the 'look' and the very geopolitical future of local communities, neighborhoods, cities and regions. The focus on relocated screen production highlights the act of film- and television-making, both aesthetically and economically. To locate migrating media is therefore to determine the political and cultural economies of globalized sets and stages, be they in new studios or on city streets or, perhaps most importantly, in our imaginations. « less more »
Lexington Books
Pages: 196Size: 6 x 9
978-0-7391-4241-7 • Hardback • June 2010 • $84.00 • (£54.95)
978-0-7391-4243-1 • eBook • July 2012 • $79.00 • (£52.95)
Dr. Greg Elmer is an associate professor of Radio and TV Arts at Ryerson University, and the director of Infoscape new Media Lab. He also co-authored Contracting Out Hollywood: Runaway Production and Foreign Location Shooting.
Part 1 Part I: Production, Distribution and Labor
Chapter 2 Ch. 1 Migrating from South to North: The Role of Film Festivals in Funding and Shaping Global South Film and Video
Chapter 3 Ch. 2 When TV Formats Migrate: Languages of Business and Culture
Chapter 4 Ch. 3 Saskatchewan Television Labor and Jurisdictional Advantage
Part 5 Part II: Infrastructure, Policy and Economic Development
Chapter 6 Ch. 4 International Production Outsourcing and the Development of Indigenous Film and Television Capabilities:The Case of Canada
Chapter 7 Ch. 5 Fashioning the Boutique Location: Remaking the Gold Coast as an International Production Location
Chapter 8 Ch. 6 If You Build It… Film Studios and the Transformative Effects of Migrating Media Production
Part 9 Part III: Lived Local Screens
Chapter 10 Ch. 7 Poetics of Place in Montreal Films
Chapter 11 Ch. 8 Toronto's Aesthetic Turf War and the Look of Rival Film Policies in Monkey Warfare
Chapter 12 Ch. 9 The Lord of the Rings as a Cultural Projection
The media are on the move, in every conceivable way. As "new" media arrive at our doorsteps and bedsides, this compelling volume asks us to think about mobile media in a different way, to consider the who, what, when, and where of how the media go about their business. In an era of footloose cultural production, Locating Migrating Media is an invaluable guide.
Toby Miller, New York University

This volume is unique in its examination of productions' impact on the locales themselves, and the locations' impact on the televisual aspects of the productions....This book fills a unique niche. Summing Up: Recommended.